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on 29 June 2017
Exactly as the title describes. This novel is unlike anything I had read before, it is one man's roller-coaster ride through a confounding and brutally unforgiving life. Dave Eggers manages to tell his story, though, with charm and relentless humour. This book divides people because it has such a distinctive style, and it obviously isn't for everyone, but if you like off-kilter fiction with bundles of character, then this novel will reward you time and again.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 February 2013
The idea of someone who is completely unknown (at the time it was written) thinking his story is worthy of being heard strikes me as somewhat egotistical and presumptous. So this is why I was expecting to not like this book; i.e. I wasn't expecting to like the author as a person.
The first 50 odd pages cover the decline and deaths of his parents, which I found rather dry, but it is really just setting the scene for what is to come. These deaths leave the author with the financial wherewithal to be independant at the age of 22. His 'problem' however is that he is also left largely responsible for his 7 year old younger brother. The tension between wanting to lead a 'normal' youthful existence and the overriding concerns for welfare of his brother (to whom he is clearly devoted) is central and touchingly portrayed. But, the reason I have given this book the full 5* is because it is one of only a handful of books that have ever made me literally laugh out loud. This was when he describes a nude photo shoot on a beach.
There is both anger and energy coming off the pages of this book, and whilst I can see at times it may come across as self-consciously pretentious in places, it is all done knowingly and I at least was ok with it all.

Read with an open mind, and be prepared to laugh a lot and (maybe) cry a little.
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on 7 February 2017
A sad, sad work of staggering self indulgence. Very disappointing because "What is the What?" actually is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
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on 7 January 2015
One of the things about reading a book that comes with a load of hype is the mental yardstick is has to live up to. Not as good as they said, not as good as x, all that blah. Forget that. Just read it. It very memoirish, funny, very touching and if the genius is not staggering, it's really pretty good.
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on 3 March 2017
An interesting stream of consciousness from Egger. Very amusing and sometimes agreeably annoying. Completely unique.
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on 20 October 2016
Excellent product, exactly as described, prompt delivery
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on 6 March 2018
Really wasn't sure if I'd like this, but it is unusually poignant and hilarious in places.
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on 14 July 2015
Very good
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on 30 March 2016
Great book. Please read it.
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on 12 December 2014
Great item
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